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On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. A month later Mawson found himself, nearly starved to death, at the base camp he sought out for. On the 100th anniversary of the most incredible survival story ever recorded, David Roberts releases the book telling the story, including remarkable photo illustrations from Mawson’s account. Alone on the Ice $17.96

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